Public Works

The Public Works Department is located behind the Township Municipal Office at 1499 Spring Garden Drive. The department consists of a Director, seven skilled laborers/operators including a mechanic and three Municipal Authority employees. The Department is responsible for approximately 50 miles of roadway which involves snow removal, leaf collection, patching and paving, shoulder maintenance and repair, street sweeping, sign replacement, traffic lights, line painting, storm sewers, seven recreational facilities and baseball fields.The Public Works Department also does maintenance repair work on its own equipment and police department vehicles.


The Department operates a dumpster detail. This permits Township residents to dispose of appliances and unwanted items on the first Saturday of every month unless it is on a holiday weekend. Dumpsters for large bulky items are available to Township residents the first Saturday of each month, from 8:00 A.M. Noon. The dumpsters are located at the Public Works shed at 820 Oberlin Road, next to the old fire station.  Please note that on holiday weekends, the dumpster schedule will be moved to the second Saturday of the month.

Items not acceptable for disposal in the dumpsters include

  • Appliances that contain freon, unless certified that the remaining freon has been removed

  • Paint cans, unless the paint is dried up

  • Electronics (this includes televisions, computers, monitors, microwaves, etc.).  Please see the Waste/Recycling tab for information relative to electronic recycling.

  • Tires

  • Batteries

  • Woody waste

  • Oil drums

  • Used oil

  • Car batteries

Permits for the dumpster can be be purchased at the Township Administrative Building during normal office hours (Mondy thru Friday, 8 AM - 4 PM) or directly at the dumpster during its operating hours. Fees are $10.00 per car trunk load, and $35.00 per truck load (a pick-up truck is the largest truck permitted). In addition, tires may be disposed of for a charge of $3.00 per tire.


January 6

February 3

March 3

April 7

May 5

June 2

July 7

August 4

*September 8 (second Saturday due to the holiday weekend)

October 6

November 3

December 1



Lester Lanman, Director of Public Works
Jeffrey Ash

Scott Carlson

Jeffrey Fultz

Edward Finsterbush Jr.

Michael Hays

John Lewis

Rodger Mason, Jr.

Paul Potts

Stephen Severin

Louis Yeich


January 23

7 PM

Zoning Hearing Board

January 24

7 PM

Planning Commission Mtg.

January 28

7 PM

Municipal Authority Mtg.

February 2

10 AM

Woodridge Homeowners' Association Mtg.

February 6

7 PM

Board of Commissioners' Workshop Mtg.

Feburary 18

Presidents' Day -- Twp. Offices closed for business

February 20

6:30 P.M.

Public Hearing on behalf of DHK Harrisburg re: a text amendment to change a portion of the Jednota property from Residential Urban and Industrial Park Limited to Industrial Park

February 20

7 PM

Board of Commissioners' Legislative Mtg.





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